Shoreline developer surveys residents

Shoreline developer surveys residents

By Derrick Perkins [File Photo]

Old Town residents have another chance to weigh in on the proposed redevelopment of Robinson Terminal South.

EYA, a local developer and real estate giant, mailed a survey about their project on the waterfront’s south side this week. The letter, obtained by the Alexandria Times, is essentially the same survey available on the firm’s website dedicated to the proposal:

Respondents are asked for their views on the city’s polarizing waterfront redevelopment plan, the project’s specifics — what type of public art they prefer, for example — and their feedback on the proposal. They also are asked whether or not they are a registered voter.

A.J. Jackson, who is overseeing the project for EYA, said the survey has been available online, but company officials just launched the mail campaign last month.
The site is one of three along the city’s Potomac shoreline hand-picked for redevelopment. Its northern counterpart, formerly owned by The Washington Post and later the Graham Holdings Co., likely will become home to residential and commercial properties while the 200 block of S. Union St. is slated to transform into a boutique hotel.

EYA outlined its concept for the warehouse complex earlier this year. Though much of the city’s redevelopment plan is seen as controversial, even noted critics embraced the developer’s proposal. EYA representatives sought to win over the local business community this summer, hosting a meet-and-greet session at Waterfront Market’s riverside dining area.

Though the waterfront plan encouraged redevelopment at only three spots along the river, interest has picked up along the shoreline. The Waterfront Market is one of several restaurants to launch since city council took up the document and redevelopment has occurred or is in the works all along the river.

That list includes EYA’s other recent — and major — project in Alexandria: the Oronoco Waterfront Residences on North Fairfax Street, which once housed the Sheet Metal Workers International Association.